Star Trek’s Enterprise now has an owner’s manual

As we enter the season of buying people things they don’t like, it is fortunate that one company has stopped to think what the world might truly be missing. Haynes, a company that has made its name and fortune out of creating perfectly bound owners’ manuals for every conceivable car, has taken its talents to celestial heights. According to the Daily Mail, the company is releasing an owner’s manual for the USS Enterprise. This would seem to be a little more difficult than creating a manual for a Ford Escort. The Enterprise went through quite a few iterations and some of the technology seemed to be a little more sophisticated than that offered by Detroit’s finest. Haynes’ manuals try to make the complex seem less so and the company claims it has managed to stay true to its mission with this Enterprise enterprise.

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The Real Soldier Behind the ‘Call of Duty’ Games

Hank Keirsey doesn’t consider himself a gamer. He talks with a slow, airline pilot drawl, believes a man should drink his whiskey neat, and uses a bow with a 65-pound draw weight to hunt deer. But six years ago, the retired lieutenant colonel found himself an unlikely addition to the gaming community. He’s been the military adviser on all six of the “Call of Duty” games, including “Modern Warfare 2,” which set the record for the highest grossing entertainment launch ever. If the defensive perimeter is set up properly or if the soldiers move and sound as they should, he’s why.

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New Handbook Helps Newly Undead Zombies Adjust

Zombies may be all the rage in pop culture, but, truth is, all the movies, books and TV shows about the brain-eating former humans have ignored a key audience: the zombies themselves. Just ask self-proclaimed “zombiologist” John Austin, who also designs toys for Hasbro. “Pop culture has trained the human race that when the zombie virus strikes, we die,” he told AOL News. “That said, most books cater to the humans.” Austin hopes to rectify that with a new book, “So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead” (Chicago Review Press), a manual that explains everything a newly undead soul needs to hunt, fight and feed on the living.

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A Rundown on the Stats From Halo: Reach

As Microsoft informed us last week, Halo: Reach became the fastest selling title in the franchise and the biggest entertainment launch of the year, hauling in more than $200 million in its first 24 hours. And now that the game has been on the shelves for more than a week, a bevy of stats detail how deeply immersed gamers have become in Reach.

Market research firm Raptr has released its Reach Report, which indicates Bungie’s final foray into the Halo universe has finally knocked off reigning champ Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to become the most popular online multiplayer game.

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I like playing with Balls!

Bucky Balls that is… These Nanodots magnetic building system are perfect for geeky tinkerers (I know because I have some of them). I would wager that most geeks out there spent lots of time building things when they were kids. I know I used to build all sorts of things from Lego, Tinker Toys, and Lincoln Logs. I still build stuff on occasion with my son out of Lego. A new set of building materials for geeks has debuted called Nanodots.

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Netflix Plans to Add a Streaming-only Option

“If $8.99/mo wasn’t inexpensive enough for a Netflix subscription, Netflix’s Reed Hasting promises that a streaming-only option, like the newly introduced one in Canada for $7.99, will become available in the coming months. Personally, paying a buck more for DVD-by-mail and streaming sounds like the better deal since one will be able to gain access to new movie releases not available through Watch Instantly. But to each his own…”

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Klingon Space Opera Makes Cosmic Debut

Die-hard “Star Trek” fans may want to dust off their Klingon dictionaries and take a transporter to Europe for the debut of the first opera ever to be completely sung in the invented science fiction language. The opera, called “u,” kicks off a three-day run at the Zeebelt Theater today in The Hague, Netherlands. The title “u” is the Klingon word for “universe” or “universal.” Tickets for the performances were still available as of Friday morning, according to Reuters. Klingon, which is spoken by members of the fictional “Star Trek” warrior race of the same name, has evolved into a significant pop culture phenomenon since the American science fiction TV series first hit the airwaves in the late 1960s. Fans worldwide adopted the alien dialect and made it one of the most popular constructed languages, opera organizers said.

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